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SKA: The Ultimate Big Data Project

Friday 2:30pm - 3:00pm, ITP Conference (Room 1 (Designertech))

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the world’s largest and most powerful radio-telescope, to be built in remote locations in Australia and South Africa as a combined effort of various countries (ten countries are currently full members of the SKA Organisation).

Pre-construction design for the SKA1 (first phase of the project) commenced in 2013 and is due to finish in 2018. SKA1 construction is scheduled 2019 – 2025 and aims to build a system that will answer fundamental questions about our Universe over the next 50 years.

SKA1 will produce Big Data on a scale that the ICT Industry will be facing in 5-10 years time, therefore, the design work is giving an early exposure to new ICT technologies and potential spinoffs for next-generation Big Data applications (genomics, smart cities, environmental, etc) and could help generate new companies, steer technology evolution, IP generation, and first-to-market ideas.

This presentation will cover New Zealand's participation in the SKA as a founding member, and Open Parallel's contribution to the design of the computing platform of the SKA. We will discuss topics such as:

* Data Management Challenges
* High-Performance Data Analytics
* Data availability when and where it is needed
* Frameworks required for SKA scale projects
* Mega-science projects – management and implementation
* Compute platform design, prototyping, and specification
* Middleware, OpenStack, Software Development Environment, and others.


Nicolás Erdödy

CEO/Founder, Open Parallel Ltd

Nicolás Erdödy is CEO and Founder of Open Parallel Ltd. Since 2013, Open Parallel has been Work Package Manager for the Software Development Environment for the Central Signal Processor (CSP) of the Square Kilometre Array radio-telescope (SKA) - the largest scientific and engineering instrument in the world, to be built in the coming decade.

Since 2016, Open Parallel contributes to the computing platform of SKA’s Science Data Processor (SDP) -in the areas of Operating Systems and Security (at OS level). Nicolás is also Conference Director of Multicore World, a boutique event specialised in High Performance, Edge, Parallel and Exascale Computing, held every year in New Zealand since 2012.

His background is in engineering, mathematics and venture capital and holds a Master of Entrepreneurship from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He learned FORTRAN at the School of Engineering of Universidad de la Republica in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Nicolás lives in Oamaru, in the South Island of New Zealand and knows how to ask for a beer in five human languages.